The 4th FPNI - PhD conference was held June 13-17 in Sarasota, Fla., and was a rousing success. Almost 50 papers were presented on energy efficient hydraulic systems, fluids, simulation and control, mobile applications, valves, pumps, and pneumatics. More than 130 attendees from industry, academia, and fluid power manufacturers attended the conference. The next FPNI - PhD conference is set for Cracow, Poland, in July 2008.


Readers can look for an exciting new initiative by H&P later this month, as we launch our first e-book, an electronic tome that is available for viewing and download at www.hydraulicspneumatics.com.

Fluid Power Basics, written by industry leader Bud Trinkel, features 22 chapters discussing critical basic knowledge on fluid power technology and components, and includes key terms, graphics, and a pop quiz at the end of each chapter.

A new chapter will be available every two weeks, beginning with background information about simple air and hydraulic circuits, principles of fluid power operation, and physical laws governing fluid power. Subsequent chapters cover different types of hydraulic fluids, fluid rating, operating parameters, and how to apply them.

Future topics include plumbing fluid power systems (tubing, pipe, and hose installations), vacuum, basic circuit information, reservoirs, filters, pumps, flow meters, gauges, and relief valves.

Valves will be further discussed in chapters 9 to 14, covering the following valves: directional control, check and pre-fill, sliding plate, spool and poppet, in-line and

simple air and hydraulic circuits, principles of fluid power operation, and physical laws governing fluid power. Subsequent chapters cover different types of hydraulic fluids, fluid rating, operating parameters, and how to apply them.

Future topics include plumbing fluid power systems (tubing, pipe, and hose installations), vacuum, basic circuit information, reservoirs, filters, pumps, flow meters, gauges, and relief valves.

Valves will be further discussed in chapters 9 to 14, covering the following valves: directional control, check and pre-fill, sliding plate, spool and poppet, in-line and sub-plate mounted, screw-in and slip-in cartridge, proportional and servovalves, as well as decompression circuits.

Subsequent chapters cover flow controls and their use in a circuit, followed by explanations of pressure control, such as sequence, counterbalance, and reducing valves. Shuttle valves, quick exhaust valves, and other special-purpose valves are also explained.

The final chapters, which will be released in 2007, offer knowledge on accumulators and actuators, including cylinders, rams, motors, and rotary actuators.

Be sure to log on later this month to www.hydraulicspneumatics.com to see the first chapter, Fluid Power Basics, and check back regularly to learn more each month.